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10 Tips for Your First Day of Work

        Money | Starting a Job

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Get on the Same Page
A little one-on-one time with the boss makes a big difference. Start early.
A little one-on-one time with the boss makes a big difference. Start early.
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Managers aren't mind-readers and neither are you. Clear communication is essential to a successful working relationship.

If you feel comfortable -- particularly if you already have a few years of work experience under your belt -- request a one-on-one meeting with your direct supervisor to talk about communication and managerial style. Some managers like to be informed of everything: client contacts, project updates, problems that arise. Others take a more hands-off approach, preferring that you only bother them with the big news.

By understanding your boss's communication expectations and management style, you'll avoid some of the bumpy learning opportunities during the first weeks of a new job and jump straight into a smooth and productive relationship.

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